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Re: [teacherartexchange] Bad Day


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jun 02 2007 - 06:37:55 PDT

I'm guessing you teach elementary. I have my elementary students supply
their own colored pencils, sharpies, markers, pencils, and other
consumables, in my case because they couldn't seem to put lids back on
markers, broke pencils for amusement, etc.Rather than get upset about it, I
just had them supply their own last year. You could also have them supply a
ream of typing paper. Just put it all on your supply list and have it
distributed at the beginning of the school year along with the classroom
teacher's supply list.

In your case, I wouldn't spend another penny of my own on supplies. It is
one thing to spend some of your own money here and there when the school is
supporting you, but don't make it easy for them to deny your program. I know
it is frustrating, but it sounds like you have an overwhelmed administrator,
OR one who doesn't support the arts. You could go over his head and talk to
your superintendant, but this could get you in hot water. But it might solve
your budget problems. You'll have to look over your situation carefully
before you decide to do this.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integrations Specialist

> Yesterday was not a good day for me. My principal informed me that I don't
> have a budget for next year, I didn't have one for this year either! He
> said, I could ask the kids to bring in supplies but I couldn't make them,
> he said "no" to art fee . He said "no" to a fund raiser, he says " no"
> to selling stuff to the kids . He says "NO" to pretty much everything !

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